Paris Can Wait

Paris Can Wait

Paris Can Wait

Diane Lane and Arnaud Viard head up this breezy road rom-com set in France and directed by the 80-year-old matriarch of the Coppola family, Eleanor Coppola.

"In her early fifties, Anne (Lane) has arrived at a turning point. Her daughter has left home to attend university, and her nest now feels doubly empty because her workaholic husband (Alec Baldwin), a successful film producer, is chronically absent. When he is called away on location, Anne is offered transport from Cannes to Paris with her husband's friend and business associate (Viard), a seductive bon vivant who unabashedly sets sights on his comely passenger. The trip could be done in a matter of hours, but it stretches into a leisurely two-day journey brimming with diversions such as beautiful churches, fine food, delectable wine — and expert wooing. While the rakish connoisseur regards the many young women he might easily bed as mere soufflé, Anne, he declares, is crème brûlée. But will Anne ultimately surrender to his charms?" (Toronto International Film Festival)

2016Rating: PG, Coarse language92 minsUSA
ComedyRomance
97%
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

flicks

Eleanor Coppola (the 80-year-old mother of Sofia and wife of Francis), is best known for her cracking documentary Hearts of Darkness, charting the behind the scenes madness of Apocalypse Now. Whilst that doc rocked, this rom-com road-trip is a pretty tiresome trek, unless you’re with the French tourist board, in which case you’ll love this advert for holidaying in the land of wine and cheese.

2.0

If you like Diane Lane and you have 'alot' of time on your hands.

Perhaps three stars is being generous. Its not great, Lane's character is awkward like not even she's sure about it. Beautifully filmed and the whole frenchness of it maybe the only thing going for it because the romance not so much which is so very french i'm not sure anyone outside the country could really appreciate. I'm honestly on the fence about how I...

3.0

a delicious film title promising much but delivering little

There is no escaping the three pillars of moviemaking: they have always been narrative, cinematography and emotion. If any pillar is weak, the movie struggles but if all three are weak the movie doesn’t have a chance. With an appealing plot, a favourite actress, and a road trip across France, how could Paris Can Wait (2016) not succeed? A story of an...

2.0

Great movie for lovers of France

If you love French food, gorgeous buildings shared by two sympatique people you will enjoy this gentle, touching movie.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Eleanor Coppola takes audiences on a road trip through France, though the company makes the journey all but insufferable.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

"Paris Can Wait" is a modest, genteel piece of cinematic escapism, a silky testament to sensuality as impeccably tasteful as it is utterly undemanding.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Little more than an indulgent wallow in gustatory privilege. By the time the final meal is devoured, you'll be wanting nothing so much as an antacid.

Stuff

Stuff

press

A smug, pointless, cloth-eared vanity project.

1.0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

There are touching moments – whether that be the loss of a child, or the disappearance of a Rolex watch – that could only have come from real life, and the film is all the better for them.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Director Eleanor Coppola is 80, but you'd never know it from her seductive lightness of touch. Diane Lane is irresistible in this delightful love-triangle that costars the French countryside, looking so delicious you want to lick the screen.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Coppola deftly shifts the focus to the woman behind the great man and asks who she is, how she understands the world, what she cares about. It's fully her story and a rare perspective

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Eleanor Coppola serves up a sweet little divertissement with Paris Can Wait, a slight but charming travelogue/food-a-thon about two middle-aged acquaintances on a two-day road trip from Cannes to Paris.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Startling in its pointlessness.

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

flicks

Eleanor Coppola (the 80-year-old mother of Sofia and wife of Francis), is best known for her cracking documentary Hearts of Darkness, charting the behind the scenes madness of Apocalypse Now. Whilst that doc rocked, this rom-com road-trip is a pretty tiresome trek, unless you’re with the French tourist board, in which case you’ll love this advert for holidaying in the land of wine and cheese.

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

Eleanor Coppola takes audiences on a road trip through France, though the company makes the journey all but insufferable.

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

"Paris Can Wait" is a modest, genteel piece of cinematic escapism, a silky testament to sensuality as impeccably tasteful as it is utterly undemanding.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Little more than an indulgent wallow in gustatory privilege. By the time the final meal is devoured, you'll be wanting nothing so much as an antacid.

Stuff

Stuff

press

A smug, pointless, cloth-eared vanity project.

1.0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

There are touching moments – whether that be the loss of a child, or the disappearance of a Rolex watch – that could only have come from real life, and the film is all the better for them.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Director Eleanor Coppola is 80, but you'd never know it from her seductive lightness of touch. Diane Lane is irresistible in this delightful love-triangle that costars the French countryside, looking so delicious you want to lick the screen.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Coppola deftly shifts the focus to the woman behind the great man and asks who she is, how she understands the world, what she cares about. It's fully her story and a rare perspective

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Eleanor Coppola serves up a sweet little divertissement with Paris Can Wait, a slight but charming travelogue/food-a-thon about two middle-aged acquaintances on a two-day road trip from Cannes to Paris.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Startling in its pointlessness.

If you like Diane Lane and you have 'alot' of time on your hands.

Perhaps three stars is being generous. Its not great, Lane's character is awkward like not even she's sure about it. Beautifully filmed and the whole frenchness of it maybe the only thing going for it because the romance not so much which is so very french i'm not sure anyone outside the country could really appreciate. I'm honestly on the fence about how...

3.0

a delicious film title promising much but delivering little

There is no escaping the three pillars of moviemaking: they have always been narrative, cinematography and emotion. If any pillar is weak, the movie struggles but if all three are weak the movie doesn’t have a chance. With an appealing plot, a favourite actress, and a road trip across France, how could Paris Can Wait (2016) not succeed? A story of an...

2.0

Great movie for lovers of France

If you love French food, gorgeous buildings shared by two sympatique people you will enjoy this gentle, touching movie.

4.0